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Area 12 Newsletter
November 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Heitz Handbells
Ring Bells in Tuscany
Ring Bells in Tuscany
Bell Loan Program
Area 12 Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area 12 Happenings
National News
Calendar of Events
Advertising Rates

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Date: June 7-June 9, 2013

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Virtuoso is an opportunity for a small group of advanced ringers to participate in a professional performance experience, under the baton of Dr. William Payn.


Participants will be determined by application/audition. For an application, send an email to RRadmin@rr.org.


Deadline to apply is

January 1, 2013


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Area 12 Bell
Loan  Program
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Teachers, would you like the use of a 3 octave set of handbells or chimes to add a new dimension and interest to your music class?  Area 12 encourages schools and other educational institutions (both public and private) to develop educational programs using handbells and handchimes. To support the development of such programs, Area 12 has  2 sets of 3 octaves  of handbells and 3 sets of 3 octaves of  handchimes for loan. Deadlines for applications is 5/31 for the Fall Semester and 10/30 for Spring Semester.To learn more about the responsibilities and procedures for participating in this program Click Here
Area 12 Board
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Elected Officers:
Chair.........................Laurie Sanders
Past Chair.......................Rima Greer
Chair Elect...................Michele Sharik
Treasurer......................Kathy Arnold
Secretary..................Ruben Mendoza

Appointed Officers:
Communications & Web.....P.L. Grove
Events..........................Debbie Shaw
Education.....................Tess Houston
Historian..........................Beth Mays
Vendor Liaison.....................Mel Tully

Regional Coordinators:
NorCal........................Nancy Schmitt
Bay Area.......................Julie Vaquilar
CenCal.............................Lori Smith
LAMetro.......................Pearl Marshall
SoCal...............................Lois Harry
Nevada.......................Barbara Walsh
Hawaii.........................Karen Carlisle

Las Vegas.......................Dixie Bailey
Upcoming Concerts
at a Glance:

Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details.  

San Francisco Bay Area

November 30, 2012
7 p.m.
Tapestry in concert
featuring Canto Bello
Walnut Creek U.M.C.
1543 Sunnyvale Avenue
Walnut Creek, California


Central California

November 4, 2012
4 p.m.
Salvation Army Bells of Blessing
Modesto Church of the Brethren
2301 Woodland Avenue
Modesto, California
LA Metro

November 3, 2012
3:30 p.m.
Fall Youth Handbell Festival
Final Concert
Los Altos U.M.C.
5950 East Willow Street
Long Beach, California


November 4, 2012
4 p.m.
Final Concert
The Masters College
Music Recital Hall
Placeritos Blvd. and Quigley Road
Santa Clarita, California 


Southern California

November 17, 2012
5 p.m.
Michèle Sharik's Senior Recital
CSU San Marcos
Arts Building 111
San Marcos, California

To view all the events on the Area 12 calendar click here

Or go to the Areas portion of the web site (click on your state or area at top of home page) to see which concerts and events are happening near you.

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The holidays are almost upon us, and most groups will soon find themselves ringing, ringing, and...ringing. Since we all like to play before an audience, make sure you take time to see someone else play handbells, too! We need to remember to support other handbell ringers, and you never know what performance your might see that will inspire you to try something innovative or challenging in your own group!
A Message from the Chair
  Laurie Sanders  


Visions of falling leaves, turkey with all the fixin's, and crisp nights. All of those say November to me. This time of year also brings around the stewardship campaigns at church, asking for support for the church for the coming year. The definition of stewardship? The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. I started wondering: how can we apply this outside of church?


As members of Handbell Musicians of America, we are all stewards of our art. With careful and thoughtful planning, our programs and groups will blossom and grow, and we can share our wonderful music with more and more people. The Guild also nurtures us in return, offering classes and opportunities for us as leaders AND ringers to grow. 

So as we settle into a new year of ringing, consider attending a local event, like Spring Ring, this coming year. Or consider hosting a local event at your church or school. These are just a few of the ways we can nurture the gift of music we've been given through handbells, so that we can all continue to grow.

Laurie Sanders

Area 12 Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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Change, change, change.


It's difficult, I know. But it's always right around the corner, so we just have to learn how to get through it!


The BIG change this fall is the Area 12 email addresses. You may have noticed that the National office changed over officially to Handbell Musicians of America email addresses this past year. Because we had a lot on our plate until now (duh...Disneyland!), Area 12 opted to wait a bit before making the switch. Well, our time has come, and we're asking you all to change your address books from areaxii.org email addresses to area12.handbellmusicians.org email addresses. For now, you can also still access us at our old email addresses, but those will soon go away, so don't delay in making the change.


Note that you will still find our web site at www.areaxii.org for a few months longer, but eventually that will change, too. But don't worry, we'll give you plenty of notice.


If you want to know exactly how to contact each of your Area 12 Board members, you can find all of our email address on the Contact Us page of the web site. 


Yup, change is coming, so make sure you're ready!


P.L. Grove
Communications Director
Area 12 Seeks Composition Contest Submissions
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Once again Area 12 is hosting a composition contest, and this year we're even giving you a little extra time to get your composition in!


Every other year, Area 12 sponsors a contest to encourage composers to write new music for handbells and to create an exciting new piece for our next conference.


The Area 12 Board is hard at work planning for the next conference in San Luis Obispo, and they have chosen the theme of percussion for the event. Seasoned and budding composers - and especially Area 12 members - are encouraged to be creative and bring out the percussive nature of handbells in this year's contest.


All contest submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2013 and should be emailed to:


Rima Greer 
Immediate Past Chair 
Area 12 Composition Contest 


For full details of the 2013 Area 12 composition contest, go to the Area 12 Web site

rimacampanile@gmail.com or
SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hello again, Southern California!
I thought your new regional coordinator would be installed by now, but I have to admit we've all been so busy we just haven't been able to carve out the time to make the switch.
Just as well, because I love being involved in SoCal's handbell happenings, and this gives me a chance to continue to hear about what all of you are doing for the holidays! Please let me know if you have a group that's playing a Christmas concert or church service so I can make sure everyone in the area knows about it. We all need to hear about our local events so we can come out and support one another!

h, and note my new email address at socal@area12.handbellmusicians.org.



As always, watch our Facebook page for the latest SoCal handbell news.


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The Southern California Region is all of Imperial & San Diego Counties, and most of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties.


LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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Greetings everyone!



In response to the interest expressed at the fall ringers workshop, we are adding a new opportunity. On February 9th, we will offer The Lighter Side of Ringing, a half-day workshop focusing on topics and skills most often used with the lighter section of our instrument. Classes include Beginning Doubling, Beginning 4-in-Hand, Handchimes, Interlocked 4-in-Hand, Traveling 4-in-Hand, and Even More Belltrees! Beginning and intermediate ringers are welcome. We'd even love to see some bass ringers who are just curious about the lighter end of the table. The information flyer and registration form will be available soon on the LA Metro page of the website. 

There are still several choirs with posts on the Ringers Wanted section of our web page. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the post from Cathedral Bells in Orange. They are looking for a handful of Christmas Eve subs. This is a great opportunity for any advanced ringer. I rang for them myself once, and it was a very satisfying experience.


Please don't forget to inform me of your Christmas/holiday performances. This is the time of year when everyone wants to hear bells. Let's make sure our audience knows where to find us! It would be wonderful to have a full Upcoming Concerts list we can make available to everyone interested in seeing and hearing handbell music this season.


Our fall ringers workshop last October 6 was a big success. We were delighted to welcome so many musicians who were new to ringing or handbell events. Many thanks to all who participated and especially to those who helped make it happen. We're already making plans for next fall. So save the date now: October 5, 2013 at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Don't hesitate to contact me with your class suggestions. I'm eager to craft useful opportunities for you and your ringers.


The Youth Handbell Festival is this Saturday, November 3rd. We are looking forward to an exciting and youth-paced day with Barbara Meinke as our clinician. The event's concert begins at 3:30 pm in the lounge of Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E Willow Street in Long Beach, California. We'd be delighted to have you in the audience.


And looking forward, our Spring Ring is scheduled for March 2, 2013 with Michael Joy! Venue and repertoire information will be announced soon.


As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Happy Ringing!


Pearl Marshall

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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
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Hello CenCal!

Bill and Lee Waggener presented a fantastic workshop for our ringers in the Central Coast region on October 13.


They prepared an excellent blend of basic ringing techniques, strategies for sight-reading, sharing bells, out of order assignments, four-in-hand, and ways to approach varying rhythms. Since the event was a somewhat smaller size, we had the luxury of individualized attention and were able to ask specific questions. My favorite part of the day was the section with rhythm exercises and games, which was much more challenging than "pat-your-head-and-rub-your-tummy!"


Many, many thanks go to Shirley Werner for planning the event, securing the venue, and organizing registration, along with her wonderful hospitality.


Do you have any special events or concerts coming up in your bell groups? Send me an email so we can post them to the Area 12 calendar.


Happy ringing,

Lori Smith, CenCal Regional Coordinator  

SF Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
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Hello, Bay Area Ringers!


Aside from the anticipation of the many, many handbell performances we're sure to have here in the San Francisco area over the next few months, I have a few reminders for Bay Area ringers and handbell lovers.


San Francisco Bay Area Spring Ring News


Registrations are coming in at a steady pace for next year's Bay Area Spring Ring to be held at Valley Church in Cupertino on April 12-13, 2013.


Our guest conductor for the event will be composer Hart Morris, and there are several opportunities to work with Hart in a closer venue than the massed ringing. First, Hart will lead two reading sessions that will include a variety of his own compositions. In addition, the Intense Ring for advanced ringers that starts on Friday night will feature two challenging pieces of music (one a "Morris classic") and promises to be lots of fun! Event registrar Carol Smith is fielding registrations on a daily basis, and I understand there are only a few more slots for ensembles that would like to ring a solo in the final concert. Event organizer Dave Ruder always plans great classes and an exciting mid-day solo concert, so don't delay if you plan to attend this wonderfully packed event.


And A "Not-so-Local" Event Update


Our local organization Handbell Ventures has sponsored a handbell trip to Italy for the past few years, and they will be heading there again this spring. The event, "Campanae Mundi," has spots for 12 ringers to perform - and vacation - in Tuscany. Yes...you can do both!


The dates have changed for this fabulous event, and there is still space available. Join Campanae Mundi in Tuscany from March 30 through April 7, 2013. For more details about the tour, visit the web site at http://www.campanaemundi.org/. 


But even if you are staying home and ringing, please make sure you send me your event dates so I can add them to the Area 12 calendar.


Happy Ringing!   


Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Handbell Musicians,

Want to do something special for shut-ins during the holiday season? Short of ringers because everyone is so busy this time of year? I've got a recipe to solve the problem and brighten someone's day:



Recipe for a Ring and Sing Cheer-Up or Holiday Outing

8 ringers

8 Ring-and-Sing books

8 bells

Lots of smiles

Mix all ingredients together. Add a plate of cookies and a card signed by the ringers. Be sure to call your shut-ins and let them know when you are coming. No music stands required. Just hold your music book in one hand and your bell in the other. You are sure to make a difference in someone's life as well as your own.


For you "bellaholics" and others just itching to play challenging music, please check out the Northern California web page for the flyer and registration forms for the Redding Bronze Advanced Ring coming up on January 25-26, 2013.


And don't forget to forward your upcoming concerts, workshops, and other events to me so we can include them on the Area 12 calendar.




Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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Hello, all!


Like the other regional coordinators, I want to take a moment to remind ringers in Nevada that we have a calendar of events posted to the Nevada page of the web site. Don't forget to send me your concerts and events to add to the calendar.


And I, too, have a new email address, so be sure to contact me in the future at nv@area12.handbellmusicians.org.


Barbara Walsh

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Aloha from the Hawaiian Isles! 

This month I have an exciting report about Aloha Ring 2012. 
Last month we had the wonderful opportunity to host Tim Waugh as a clinician at our Aloha Ring 2012 Handbell Workshop. He journeyed all the way from his (chilly) homes in West Virginia and North Carolina to come share his love of handbells with us here in the tropics.


On Friday evening, October 12th, Tim ran a Director's Workshop with nine attendees who came from both Oahu and Maui. Their backgrounds varied from experienced handbell (and vocal choir) directors to novice conductors. Over three hours, Tim provided tips, techniques and anecdotes about his experiences in running and directing handbell choirs over the years. Special thanks to Kailua United Methodist Church for letting us host this workshop at their facility.


The next day, 34 ringers from both Oahu and Maui attended an all-day workshop at Mililani Baptist Church. Since most of the choirs here don't get exposure to this type of workshop, Tim worked a lot on basics of ringing. Handles first, ladders, posture, and "no bell face!" were the themes for the day. Preliminary feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the ringers and their experiences with the "Waugh" method of running a workshop.


Since my husband Dan and I got to lodge Tim in our specially built bell practice room (which doubles as an allergen-free guest room), we had some extra time with Tim during our community choir rehearsal and one of the church choirs I direct. Mele Mai Paki Lima's players loved the extra fun and challenges Tim brought to our rehearsal, and ringers from Kailua United Methodist Church enjoyed having Tim ring with them.


Tim enjoyed his time here on Oahu, and has already expressed his willingness to return here for another workshop. He had some extra fun on the islands with Dan and I showing him around the island-including a special trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center for the day and then the evening performance of "Ha" Breath of Life. Tim and I were both thinking the same things as we watched: how can I incorporate that musical instrument into a handbell song? We later visited a hula store to purchase some of the instruments we saw. Tim's Facebook page is full of photos and comments from his experiences here.


As with most workshops, after this year's festival, the planning for Aloha Ring 2013 has already begun. That is if Tim's very kind boss will let him have the opportunity to come here again. Tim relentlessly teased his choirs and associates back home with pictures of the beautiful seascapes and the warm weather, while they were all having ice warnings. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool, and we hope the attendees from this year will encourage their peers to attend future workshops.


Ringers here on the islands (and on the mainland) can keep up with activities here by joining the "Hawaii Handbells-Handbell Musicians of America Area XII Hawaii Region" group on Facebook. We have posted pictures of the Aloha Ring on this facebook page. We hope you join us, and feel free to post pictures and let us know what you are doing.

Karen Carlisle

NATIONAL NEWS:   Don't Forget National Opportunities   
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Here's a reminder that there are some exciting National opportunities coming up in the beginning of 2013.


Participate in the Handbell Musicians of America virtual handbell ensemble by submitting your video upload by March 1, 2013. The piece, Misterium, composed by Area 12's own James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of players from around the world. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of this special event premiering next July.


Distinctly Bronze returns to the west coast this February, with Fred Gramann conducting. Registration is now open! The event is limited to 90 ringers, and registration is already about half full, so don't delay if you are planning to attend this amazing advanced ringing event.


And National's Master Series also returns this February with courses in conducting, composition, ringing techniques, theory, and basic training for directors. The event will be held in Tucson, Arizona and includes noted instructors Michael Glasgow, Bill and Carolyn Mathis, William Payn, Arnold Sherman and Area 12's own Michele Sharik.


To learn more about these exciting National ringing and educational opportunities, go to the National web site.

Calendar of Events    November-December


Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9 am to 4:30 pm LA Metro Fall Youth Handbell Festival, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 East Willow Street, Long Beach, California. Clinician: Barbara Meinke. Final concert begins at 3:30 pm. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@area12.handbellmusicians.org.


Sunday, November 4, 2012, 4 pm Salvation Army Bells of Blessing benefit concert, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Avenue, Modesto, California. Freewill offering to benefit the Modesto Salvation Army. For information, contact Rich Colla at 209.529.3228, x104.


Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2 pm to 5 pm Bellfest (invitational handbell workshop and concert), The Masters College, Music Recital Hall, Placeritos Blvd., and Quigley Road, Santa Clarita, California. Clinician: Christine Anderson. Final concert begins at 4 pm. For information, contact Claire Blackwell at cblackwell@masters.edu or 661.362.2258.


Saturday, November 17, 2012, 5 pm  Michèle Sharik's Senior Recital, CSU San Marcos, Arts Building 111, San Marcos, California. For information contact Michèle Sharik at michele@thegoldendance.com.


Friday, November 30, 2012, 7 pm  Tapestry in concert (featuring Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble), Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, California. Freewill offering. For information, contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net.


Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1 pm  San Francisco State University Handbell Choir performs at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, California - with guest artists Linda Watkins on flute and Bruce Helman on percussion. For information, contact Caroline Harnly at charnly@sfsu.edu.


Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7 pm  Tapestry in concert (featuring Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble), Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, California. Freewill offering. For information, contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net.


Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3 pm  Simpson University Music Department Christmas Concert (featuring the Simpson University Handbell Choir), Simpson University, Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View, Redding, California. Admission $10; students $8. For information, contact Lois Nichols at lnichols@simpson.edu.


Monday, December 3, 2012, 7 pm  San Francisco State University Handbell Choir in concert, San Francisco State University, Library/Room 121, Events Room, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California - with guest artists Linda Watkins on flute and Bruce Helman on percussion. For information, contact Caroline Harnly at charnly@sfsu.edu.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:30 pm  Sonos Japan tour preview concert, Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, California - with guest cellist Emil Miland. For information, go to www.sonos.org.


Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:30 pm  Bay Bells in concert, Grace Lutheran Church, 3129 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, California. For information, go to www.baybells.org.


Friday, December 14, 2012, 8 pm  Bell Appeal in concert, Location to be determined, Oakland, California. For information, go to www.bellappeal.org.


Saturday, December 15, 2012, 4 pm and 7 pm  St. John's Christmas Concert (featuring a full orchestra, the choir and Cathedral Bells), St. John's Lutheran Church, 154 South Shaffer Street, Orange, California. For information, contact Ramona Miller at brmiller41@att.net.


Sunday, December 16, 2012, 12 noon to 3 pm  Cathedral Bells performs holiday music at the mall, South Coast Plaza, first floor in front of Macy's, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California. For information, contact Ramona Miller at brmiller41@att.net.


Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2:30 pm  Bell Appeal in concert, Location to be determined, San Francisco, California. For information, go to www.bellappeal.org. 


To view all the events on the Area 12 calendar Click Here.

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The  Twelfth Tone E-newsletter is published the first of each month, except July, by Area 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America, also know as the Guild. The Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell ringing through education, community, and communication.  The editor of this publication reserves the right to reject or modify copy.

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